Walking and Hiking Trails

Trailhead On Kessler Mountain
Colorful autumn leaves on Wilson Park trail
Cleveland Bridge - Scull Creek Trail
Walker Park Deer
Sequoia Woods
Frisco Trail during a warm spring day
People walk down Clabber Creek Trail on a late spring day

Fayetteville offers many miles of trails for walking or biking. The City is committed to being healthy, walkable community, and has developed an Active Transportation Plan that outlines a network of sidewalks, trails, and bicycle facilities to provide walkers, cyclists, and other users with clear pathways and connections to important City destinations, just like streets and roads do for motorized vehicles. View our interactive city-wide Trail Map.

In addition, Fayetteville is fortunate to be located in the beautiful, wooded Ozark Mountains, and the City offers many natural-surface trails that allow hikers and mountain-bikers to enjoy the Ozark landscape up close.  

Below is information about some of our most popular paved and unpaved trails. Click the links for more information, including maps and amenities. View a full list of all City trails.

Paved Walking Loops

All of Fayetteville’s paved, shared-use trails are open to walkers and bicyclists alike. However, some of the loop trails in City parks are especially well suited for exercise walking Below are some of the most popular walking trails.

Bayyari Park Trail — .3-mile loop

Gulley Park Trail — .85-mile loop

Lake Fayetteville Trail — 5.5-mile loop paved loop, plus a 6.9-mile nature trail

Red Oak Park Trail — .2-mile loop

Walker Park Trail — 1.2-mile loop

Wilson Park Trail — .9-mile loop

Hiking / Nature Trails

Fayetteville Parks offer many natural areas to explore right in the heart of our city. These parks include natural-surface trails that allow hikers and mountain-bikers to enjoy the Ozark landscape up close. Below is a brief overview of some of the City's most popular hiking trails. When hiking or biking natural-surface trails, please remember to walk on dirt, not mud, which can damage trails and increase erosion.

Finger Park Trail — This park features a .6-mile shared-use trail.

Gregory Park Trails — Hiking trails in this park include a natural-surface, .9-mile loop around the park perimeter for use by both hikers and mountain-bikers. For cyclers, there is also a pump track, bicycle skills course, and two one-direction, downhill trails reserved exclusively for mountain bikers.

Joe-Clark Trail — This trail system, located at beautiful Lake Wilson, offers two loops reserved for hikers only:  the inner loop is 1.33 miles, and outer loop is 1.76 miles. Dogs are allowed.

Kessler Mountain Trails — A variety of looping trails, totaling over 10 miles, allows access to the valleys, rock bluffs, and crestline of Kessler Mountain Regional Park. These trails are loved by mountain bikers and hikers alike and allow park patrons to explore and experience a variety of natural areas, just minutes from downtown.

Lake Fayetteville Trail — Circling Lake Fayetteville is a combined paved and natural-surface trail system. The hiking loop is 6.9 miles long. Trail users can experience a large restored prairie, wooded areas, and views of the lake. The trail passes along the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and connects to the Razorback Greenway. A staffed marina offers boat and bike rentals, along with refreshments for park users.

Lake Sequoyah Trail — There are three sections of natural-surface trail that combine for a total of 4.15 miles of trail (one way). Portions of these trails are open to horseback riding.

Mount Sequoyah Woods Trail — Outer natural-surface trail loop is 1.25 miles, passing through sometimes rugged terrain.